A group calling itself ‘Ekome Feemo Group’ of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is not happy that floating drivers and vehicles have invaded their areas of operation and have created stations at unapproved locations in areas across Accra that are considered dangerous to pedestrian’s safety and free flow of regular traffic.
The areas include the Makola Law school, children’s hospital, Bishop bus stop, In front of AMA and in front of the Supreme Court.
Isaac Ahuma Kubi, Chairman of the group told journalists at a press conference at Tema station in Accra on Friday that the Situation has denied law abiding drivers stationed at the Tema station access to passengers.
He said formerly vehicles loading passengers at the main station normally get filled up within 20 minutes or less but since the emergence of floating vehicles on the scene it takes vehicles up to six hours to get filled for one trip.
This state of affairs he said has taken severe toll on their daily sales.
The group is therefore calling on the Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), regional office of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), the regional and national secretariats of the GPRTU of TUC to come to their aid.
According to the chairman of the group, they have written several letters to the AMA with several follow up meetings with the AMA boss and MTTD regional officer of the Ghana police service, with a promise by them to solve the problem but the problem continues to persist.
Kubi said their members are distressed and frustrated, and that drivers at the AMA lorry parks have given the authorities a two week ultimatum to address their concerns or they will have no option than to move all their vehicles from the station and also load at unapproved stations which has been turned into lorry parks.